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    Re: ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    What does "militarizing" the police mean? If it means they are arming themselves better than the dangerous criminals they face, I'm all for it.
    Militarizing the police means just what it says. The most obvious sign of that process is SWAT teams, Special Weapons and Tactics. Military style.

    It was a direct result of the confluence of poor public policy--the drug war--and excess military hardware such as helicopters and armored personnel carriers.

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    Re: ACLU Launches Nationwide Police Militarization Investigation

    I support the effort to the hilt, but I'm not optimistic at all about the outcome.

    Henry David above nails it:

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    It was a direct result of the confluence of poor public policy--the drug war--and excess military hardware such as helicopters and armored personnel carriers.
    Police militarization is the result of decades of trying to apply a warfighting paradigm to civilian policing. It largely began during the Vietnam era, when the Watts Riot exposed the limitations of a conventional gendarmerie in keeping peace during mass discontent, and expanded greatly under Nixon's War on Drugs. A lot of the people who came to power in urban police departments at that time had direct command experience in Vietnam, and tried to import that model wholesale. Matters worsened under Reagan and Bush I, and finally became completely standardized as the national model for anti-drug enforcement when Clinton appointed Gulf War General Barry McCaffrey to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

    I don't know that you can mitigate the worst effects of police militarization without a total overhaul of the underlying basic conditions of law enforcement in this agency; that includes the "war" paradigm altogether, as in the War on Drugs.
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